History of Guinness in Dublin

Every capital city has its iconic buildings and 'Must see' attractions. As all know Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no trip to Dublin is complete without visiting the Guinness Storehouse which sits on the River Liffey in Dublin.

The Timeline of Guinness

It is at St James's Gate in Dublin where Guinness, the world's most popular stout, has been brewed for more than 250 years. Here are some of the key moment in its History.

1725 Arthur Guinness was born. Arthur was an Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery.

1759: Arthur signed a 9,000-year lease on a disused 4 acre brewery at St James's Gate, Dublin from the descendants of Sir Mark Rainsford for an annual rent of £45.

1790s: The brewery undergoes its first major expansion. Present day vat houses one and two are completed.

1801: "West Indies Porter" is brewed at St James's Gate for the first time. This porter is a stronger blend of porter, it is brewed in a way to withstand long sea journeys to foreign markets.

1803: Arthur Guinness dies at the age of 78

1833: Guinness’s James's Gate brewery becomes the largest brewery in Ireland. Control of the company passed on to Arthur Guinness II.